With his victory on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Rickie Fowler has now won three PGA Tour events in exactly 150 career starts. That doesn't sound like a lot until you consider the curve of most great players on tour.
Justin Rose won three of his first 194. He has won four of his past 73.
Matt Kuchar won three of his first 256. He has won four of his past 92.
Bubba Watson won three of his first 152. He has won five of his past 78.
Zach Johnson won four of his first 139. He has won eight of his past 172.
Jason Day won two of his first 151. He has won four of 18 this season.
These are all potential or probably Hall of Fame players. Fowler's trajectory mirrors theirs.
"I definitely want to be the best player that I can be," Fowler said after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship. "I want to be the best player in the world at some point. But, yes, being called overrated, I won three times, so thanks for the poll, I guess."
"The poll" is, of course, the player poll that came out in May touting Fowler and Ian Poulter as the most overrated golfers in the world. It wasn't necessarily wrong. But it wasn't right either. And Fowler is proving that.
I agree with my colleague Sean Martin that when it comes to young studs, not all are built like Phil Mickelson or Rory McIlroy.